The Daily Express recently run a report which suggested that Alvaro Arbeloa was likely to return to Liverpool before considering Arsenal and Chelsea as options.
Arbeloa has started just five games in La Liga for Real Madrid this season, which appears to have created the speculation over his future.
However, if he is keen on a Premier League return then it’s Arsenal who have the best chance of getting him and not Liverpool.
Arbeloa may have the emotional connection with Anfield but it’s not practical for him to go and play his football under Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool are already very strong in the right-back position and when they have everyone fit, they have three good options in that area; Glen Johnson, John Flanagan and Javi Manquillo.
Arsenal, by contrast, have just seen their first choice right-back pick up his second serious injury of the season.
Mathieu Debuchy dislocated his shoulder in the game against Stoke City and a report from the Daily Mail claims he could be out for three months if the injury requires surgery.
That places strain on the rest of the defenders in Arsene Wenger’s squad with summer signing Calum Chambers, who himself has had injury problems this season, the next in line to hold down that role.
Whether Arsenal would be prepared to pay a good fee to sign the 31-year-old and by out the rest of his contract is doubtful.
Wenger has rarely spent big money in the middle of a season, even when there has been a direct need for a player in a certain position in Arsenal’s squad.
It’s also important to note that Arbeloa also ticks a box for Arsenal in terms of being able to pay on the right hand side of central defence, which also gives Wenger cover in the middle when Debuchy is back and fully fit.
It seems like a bit of a no-brainer for the Gunners but it’s a case of wait and see for the club’s fans over whether the club would be willing to compete against Liverpool.